Dubai’s reputation as one of the world’s most irresistible shopping destinations is, in a nutshell, absolutely justified. It’s impossible to overstate the sheer variety of things to spend your money on in this futuristic city. The refreshing chill of the many air-conditioned shopping malls offers a welcome respite from the sun, and once you’re inside one of these gargantuan complexes, you could easily spend all day just browsing the sumptuous window displays of the luxury stores inside.
If you would prefer to eschew international brands in favor of local character, you might instead make your way to the atmospheric markets, or souks, packed into the winding streets of the city’s historic district. Seek the high of a great deal as you haggle over carpets, spices, and other locally produced delights.
Chill out on the Mall of the Emirates indoor ski slope when you need a break from all that shopping
Expand your recipe repertoire with a whole rainbow of spices from the fragrant Spice Souk
Get acquainted with local designers at Wafi City Mall
Invest in some Middle Eastern art at an exclusive gallery such as The Third Line
Wander the covered aisles of the opulent Souk Madinat Jumeirah, where ancient influences meet modern architecture
The natural splendor of miles of rolling sand dunes is matched by the phenomenal extravagance of Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. Set within the nature-rich Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this decadent resort blends old-fashioned Arabian design influences with cutting-edge modern facilities. Expect intricately woven carpets, a vast menu of activities and impeccable customer service.
Dubai is known for its decadent restaurants, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat like aristocracy. Imperium is just one option where opulence abounds. Feast on Creole-influenced dishes in a white marble dining room dripping with gold embellishments and crystal chandeliers.
Hire yourself a personal shopper at the Dubai Mall and enjoy at least three hours of undivided attention to your fashion needs.